How to Polish Porcelain

Household porcelain is usually found in sinks, tubs and toilets. It is a durable material but will stain or rust and needs to be treated so it shines like new. Polish porcelain using gentle, household ingredients so it doesn't become scratched. Always check products on a inconspicuous part of the porcelain before using it, especially on antique porcelain that may have a weakened surface.

Make porcelain sinks shine with household ingredients.
  1. Scrub the porcelain with a mixture of 1 tbsp. ammonia in 1 gallon hot water using a plastic dish scrubber. This will remove any greasy residue on the surface. Rinse thoroughly.
  2. Cut a lemon in half and dip it in 1/2 cup of borax. Scrub the porcelain with the lemon-borax mixture to remove any stains. This is particularly useful for porcelain sinks with rust stains. Rinse thoroughly.
  3. Scrub vinegar onto any remaining stains and polish the porcelain with it. Use a soft cloth to dry the porcelain and buff it to a shine.

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Shara JJ Cooper graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 2000, and has worked professionally ever since. She has a passion for community journalism, but likes to mix it up by writing for a variety of publications. Cooper is the owner/editor of the Boundary Sentinel, a web-based newspaper.